Having digested the whole of 2012, we’re looking forward to the New Year. Honestly, there was no way we could have predicted the events of the year just past, but we think we’ve got a pretty good handle on what’s to come, that is, if the Good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise.
1. President Barack Obama will appoint Marianna Marysheva-Martinez to replace Timothy Geithner as the new Secretary of the Treasury. Americans will spend-spend-spend, all the while complaining she makes too much money.
We have owned a condo in Mammoth for many years, and recently contacted the Mammoth Police Department for assistance. The police officers have been responsive. No one knows when the services of the police will be required, and I would strongly urge the Mammoth Lakes Town Council to maintain the level of service and safety net now in place.
There has been so much handwringing about our failures around here this past year that it’s been easy to overlook Mammoth’s successes.
Yet we’ve had them, and not just little ones, either.
Last month, the new running track opened south of town at the Whitmore sports complex. It is hard to overstate what a remarkable achievement that is. It took five years of work in the form of grant writing, fund drives, and political maneuvering to get it done.
Before you hit that “send” key on your computer this holiday season, please consider shopping locally.
Your dollars spent locally benefit the entire community, not just the individual business. Statistics show that for every dollar spent in a local business, 70 cents is re-circulated within that community.
Businesses in Mammoth need the support of tourists and residents alike.
I urge you to get behind this idea; shop locally this holiday season and encourage your friends to do the same.
I love the holidays, or at least many things about it. I love the festivities, the decorations, the music, and most of all the gathering of family and friends. However, as time has gone on I have found myself sporting a very “scroogish” attitude toward gift giving.
The Mammoth town government has wasted a lot of time over the years, approving projects that don’t get built, adopting town plans that still reside on dusty bookshelves, and so on.
We’re not alone in this. Actually, we figure that instead of counting sheep as a sleeping strategy, we could starting counting inconsequential reports and proposals in, say, Sacramento, for the rest of our lives, but then we’d never wake up again.
Every year, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra does its biggest fundraiser in December. Its Island Extravaganza has been an extraordinary example of the Eastern Sierra community coming together for a night of music, mingling, and good food—all in the name of supporting a fabulous organization.
In addition to the many volunteers it takes to keep DSES going, it also takes an enormous amount of funding to keep the programs moving forward. One of the ways volunteers help DSES raise funds is by selling raffle tickets.
The Lee Vining Elementary PTO would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make our Annual Halloween Carnival a success. We are humbled by the widespread community support we received throughout Mono County.
The monies the Lee Vining PTO raised from this event will fund supplemental opportunities and supplies for students in the areas of music, P.E. and art.
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce is about to lose its leader.
We know that this is not exactly Front Page news, but it ought to be.
In other towns and cities, the Chamber is a big-time player in a variety of ways, and not just for the promotion of big and small business interests.
Strong chambers of commerce provide leadership in areas that stretch across the political and economic landscapes. There is hardly a government entity in the United States that does not take into account â€śwhat the Chamber has to say.â€ť
In the frantic effort to keep the Whitmore Pool open for next summer, it has been easy to ignore the fact that the pool itself is a dump.
The best thing it has going for it is the 360-degree view, but that really doesnâ€™t have anything to do with the pool itself. The view will stay there, and might even be improved once the unsightly tangle of the antiquated pool is removed.